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Man pushed to his death under New York subway

17 November 2014, 15:55

New York - A 61-year-old man was killed on Sunday in New York when he was pushed onto subway tracks by an unknown assailant, said police, who released a video of the suspect.

The incident took place in the Bronx, where the victim, identified as Wai Kuen Kwok, was waiting for the D train, at the 167th street stop, with his wife. The couple were headed to Chinatown, in lower Manhattan.

The suspect pushed the man from the platform just as a train arrived in the station, shortly before 09:00, as his horrified wife watched helplessly.

The victim and his attacker did not appear to know each other and had not argued, witnesses said.

Police released a video of the suspected killer, who left the scene by bus. On the video, a man wearing a black jacket over a dark t-shirt gets off the bus, goes into a store, and emerges to smoke a cigarette as he ambles away.

A reward of $2,000 was offered for any information that could help the investigation.

Also read: 3 killed, 25 wounded in Taiwan subway knife attack

Every year, dozens of people are killed by the subway in New York though accident or suicide.

However, this is first known incident of a person being pushed to his or her death on the tracks since December 2012, when two were killed in separate attacks.

On 28 December, a woman pushed an Indian immigrant to his death in Queens.

Weeks earlier on 3 December, a man was pushed from a stop in Manhattan during a fight with a deranged man.

A New York Post front page picture of the man on the tracks a split-second before he was killed by the oncoming train provoked public fury as to why no one helped him - and why the tabloid newspaper published the photo.


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